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Lat: 37° 30' 48.97971" N - Long: 15° 4' 48.73692" E
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This Roman Hypogeum is actually a monumental tomb from the Imperial Roman period (1st-2nd century AD).
It is among the few survivors of the necropolis that occupied the area north of the ancient Catania.
It is called "square" due to its shape and to distinguish it from the nearby Modica Mausoleum, which instead has a circular plan; it is about 15 meters long and 12 meters wide.
The tomb was rediscovered by scholars of the seventeenth century: it was depicted in a watercolor by Jean Houel (eighteenth century) and some etchings by Stefano Ittar (nineteenth century).
It was brought to light by Francesco Ferrara in the early 19th century.
The building consists of a massive body and a partially hypogean square room, once with a vault, accessible via a staircase.
In the walls there are some niches.
Probably, as was the custom at that time, the building also had a second floor.
In 1970 it was restored and made open to the public in a green area.
Visits are by appointment and free admission.
For info tel: 095 7150508.
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